The Atlanta Hawks went back to the original starting lineup with Lamar Patterson, Terran Petteway, Stephen Holt, Mike Muscala, and Edy Tavares. Even with Glenn Robinson III coming off the bench, the Hawks advance to the winner's bracket with a 75-64 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday evening.
After sitting out Monday's game against the D-League Select, Mike Muscala played and dominated with 15 points and 12 rebounds. There was also balanced scoring in the game, with four Hawks scoring double digits. Patterson, Robinson, and Tavares finished with 12, 11, and 10 points, respectively.
The Heat started the game off with an 11-2 run, but Atlanta bounced back and took control of the game by the end of the first quarter, leading 22-19. The second quarter was back and forth with the Hawks leading at 42-40 at the end of the first half. Glenn Robinson III had another top 10 play with a half court alley-oop dunk from Lamar Patterson.
From there, Atlanta gained the advantage with 7:19 left in the third quarter and never gave up the lead. With the highest lead being eleven, the Hawks proved they wanted to be in the winner's bracket. Edy Tavares had a breakout game that Hawks fans were hoping for with 10 points and 7 rebounds in addition to a game-high 5 blocked shots. The Hawks also outmuscled the Heat in the paint, winning the rebound category by a 44-27 margin.
The Heat, led by Shabazz Napier with 21 points, move to the consolation round and will play again on Friday.
The 14th-seeded Atlanta Hawks will move on to the winner's bracket and will take on the 3rd-seeded Denver Nuggets in Round 2 on Thursday, with a tip-off time of 8:30 pm ET. Check in with Peachtree Hoops for more details on Thursday's matchup with the Nuggets.